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unknown Salampasu
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Kasangu (Mugongo Society Face Mask)

20th century
Wood with raffia and black patina

14 3/16 in. x 5 7/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. (36 cm x 15 cm x 9.5 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.121
Other Number(s): 185 (230) (Neufeld Collection Number)
230 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Masks
Culture/Nationality: Salampasu, Congolese, Central African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Central African - Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
  • Congolese - Nationality, styles, and cultures of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • masks - Refers to coverings for all or part of the face, usually with openings for the eyes and sometimes the mouth. They are worn to hide or alter the identity of the wearer or for protection. Masks as cultural objects have been used throughout the world in all periods since the Stone Age. Masks are extremely varied in appearance, function, and fundamental meaning. They may be associated with ceremonies that have religious and social significance or are concerned with funerary customs, fertility rites, or curing sickness. They may be used on festive occasions or to portray characters in a dramatic performance and in re-enactments of mythological events. They may be used for warfare and as protective devices in certain sports. They are also employed as architectural ornaments.
  • Salampasu
  • secret societies - Any of various societies, the members of which are sworn to keep the rules, activities, and purposes secret from nonmembers.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • African Art in the Greater Philadelphia Area The Community College of Philadelphia with a Grant from the William Penn Foundation , Nov 12, 1999 – Dec 17, 1999

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/20/1996


Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 230
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0039172.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco." (Accessed April 8, 2020): Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, https://art.famsf.org/. Accession No.: 1986.58.1.
  • "ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA." (Accessed May 10, 2020): Imodara.com. https://www.imodara.com/discover/dr-congo-salampasu-kasangu-warrior-mask/.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "Tribal African Art: TRIBAL AFRICAN ART: SALAMPASU (ASALAMPASU, BASALAMPASU, MPASU)." (Accessed May 16, 2020): http://www.zyama.com/salampasu/pics..htm.
  • "ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA." (Accessed May 10, 2020): Imodara.com. https://www.imodara.com/discover/dr-congo-salampasu-kasangu-warrior-mask/.
  • Iris Hahner-Herzog and Maria Kecskesi. African Masks: From the Barbier-Mueller Collection (Munich, Germany: Prestel, 2002), 274.
  • Jean- Baptiste Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 1998), 180-181.
  • Michel Huet, The Dances of Africa (New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1996), 156-157.

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